It is Thursday now, only my 3rd full day, and it feels like it has been ages since I arrived. So much has happened already. I am unpacked (although my room feels bare), I have gone grocery shopping, I have had to buy linens for my bed (and pillows), I washed all the dishes that were left by previous owners, have used some of the dishes by previous owners, got a function cell phone (doesn't work to the states at the moment sorry!), set up a British bank account, met the Mayor (he let me play with a 800 year old sword!!!), explored the city, bought my first legal alcoholic beverage....and the list could go on forever! One would think that I have seen about what there is to see at this point already but I am only just scratching the surface! My British roommates haven't even moved in yet, they are coming on Saturday. The best part about coming so much earlier than them is that I will actually be able to show them the city a little bit in the midst of them teaching me and helping me out with the British culture sooooooooooooo much.
I suppose I should talk about the main differences that I have noticed about our cultures, some annoying others fun and exciting. I am not sure if it is just these flats or a British thing but they have towel warmers in the bathroom! It is one of the greatest feelings in the world to have a warm towel after the shower! Everything here is automatic; the lights, the doors, more lights. They don't give you the choice to leave your dorm room lights on while typing this blog i have had to stand up 3 times to turn back on my lights. This can be slightly annoying but I like the green aspect of it at the same time. The electrical outlets have switches on almost every single one so if i want to use the microwave, stove, toaster, or what ever I flip a switch and turn them on then turn them off once I am done. Also very impressed with their energy efficiency. Labels on food is completely different! Listed on the packages are how much energy you will receive from said food, the calories, no just the fat but what kind of fats are in the food, the ingredients and even in some cases how many servings you should have in a day! They also have a much nicer public transportation system and are slightly more active in general. However there are a few things that have slightly annoyed me as well. The door to my flat, and other areas on occasion, in order to get out you have to push a button that doesn't always work. I often find myself running in to doors then finding the button running into the door again then finally letting myself out. It can be very frustrating. Also many of their appliances are not built with the consumer in mind. I mean often times electronics or appliances are not user friendly in the slightest. They have weird buttons that no one uses or extremely difficult ways of doing simple tasks. Overall I am still highly impressed however!